‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’
From The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter ‘Shadow of the Past’) by JRR Tolkien.
The famous words of comfort and wisdom spoken by Gandalf to Frodo (book version).
Pencil and acrylics on painted paper, 21×30 cms.
Gandalf and Frodo, work in progress
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 24, January, 2017
A tree-herder, or ‘Ent’ inspired by the Big Belly oak of Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, and the excellent walking (and talking) trees from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Mixed media on A4 200gsm paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, or 8.3 x 11.7 inches.
Prints and shiny things available here.
Treebeard and Ent sketches,
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 21, November, 2016
Father and son (one of them) with the border design I made especially for Elf portraits
(you can see it being made here.)
Fëanor whose name meant ‘spirit of fire’.
“Curufin the crafty … who was of perilous mood.”
Both from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 10, September, 2016
Thingol, King of the Grey Elves, from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.
“In Beleriand, King Thingol upon his throne was as the lords of the Maiar whose power is at rest,
whose joy is as an air that they breathe in all their days,
whose thought flows in a tide untroubled from the heights to the deeps.”
Thingol throned in his grand and secret underground kingdom The pillars were said to be sculpted like great beech trees, with golden lamps hung from all their branches.
In the frame, either side of him are symbols based on those for Melian (his wife) and Luthien (his daughter), and above him his doom: the ‘Nauglamir’ necklace with a Silmaril in the middle.
He can also ornament your own underground lair, with pretty printed things from my RedBubble shop here.
Thingol (work in progress)
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 9, September, 2016
Eöl the Dark Elf from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.:
“But Eöl, though stooped by his smithwork, was no Dwarf, but a tall Elf of a high kin of the Teleri, noble though grim of face; and his eyes could see deep into shadows and dark places.”
If you’d like a print of his glowering suspicion, you can find them in all sizes and finishes here.
This glowering gentleman was painted in a different way (for me): sketched entirely in paint, no line drawing at all until the end for details.
An interesting exercise, though riddled with mistakes and horror and doom. :)
Eöl, early work in progress
Eöl work in progress 2
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 26, August, 2016
20×30 cms, pencils and acrylics.
“Curufin the crafty … who was of perilous mood.”
From JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion
Sketch of Curufin, favourite son of Fëanor (who made the Silmarils and started lots of trouble), and father of Celebrimbor (who made the Elven rings and ended in lots of trouble).
Called ‘the Crafty’ – possibly because he was good with his hands, possibly because he was a devious git.
Also tried to shoot Luthien, twice.
Fëanor had many gifts, apparently parenting wasn’t one of them.
And the un-coloured sketch:
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 19, August, 2016
Drawing test for a larger drawing of the same character: Fëanor from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion. The face that burned a thousand ships.
Prints and pretty things available here.
And the animated version, with firelight:
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 6, June, 2016
An Elf archer shoots his way to his fallen comrade, and yet it seems he still arrives too late.
Battle Under the Trees (Elves & Orcs)
Battle Under the Trees (Elves & Orcs) detail,
Prints and shiny things available in my RedBubble shop here.
9×11 in acrylics, and gold and silver leaf, and a smattering of orc blood on primed canvas-board.
Original painting printed as a trading card for the set from Perna Studios’: ‘Spellcasters II, Enchanted Realms’.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 27, May, 2016
An experiment in pencil-less sketching, where instead of drawing lines and then painting, the whole thing is sketched in paint with brushes, no pencils involved until at the end for details. It’s an interesting exercise to create something just using colour, shape, and brush-stroke.
The character is an experiment too, as I’m trying to get a clearer idea of how Tolkien’s (book) elves should look.
This particular gent is/will be Eöl the dark elf from the Silmarillion.
Painting in the basic figure using a broad brush and big strokes.
Still just painted at this stage, no drawn lines. Using armour references from both Ancient Greece and early European Medieval (circa 13th c.) And also spikes.
Now the drawing stage begins to bring out the details, starting with his face.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 17, May, 2016